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City v Nottingham Forest: FPL Gameweek 5 Scout Report

Who has the Scout backed for Fantasy Premier League success ahead of City's clash with Nottingham Forest?

Pep Guardiola's men welcome the Premier League new boys to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 31 August, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30 (UK).

Forest come into the tie on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, but claimed a point at Everton in their most recent away match.

Steve Cooper's side have made an incredible 18 signings this summer, with Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi the most recent through the door.

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The Reds certainly aren't here to make up the numbers in their first Premier League campaign since 1999, meaning City will need to be at our best to claim all three points at the Etihad.

It leaves FPL managers with plenty of tough selection dilemmas ahead of Tuesday's 18:00 (UK) deadline.

Check out the latest report from the Scout below, providing stats and advice for your team this Gameweek.

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A home encounter with Nottingham Forest gives Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m) the chance to bring in more returns in Gameweek 5 of Fantasy Premier League.

The Belgian suffered a rare blank in the 4-2 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, overshadowed by Erling Haaland’s (£11.8m) hat-trick and 17-point haul.

Nonetheless, De Bruyne welcomes Forest in fine form, with a goal and three assists in the opening three matches.

The underlying numbers further highlight his all-round influence on Pep Guardiola’s attack.

The Belgian's totals of 12 shots and 14 chances created both place among the top four players in Fantasy in the first four rounds of fixtures.

Forest, meanwhile, have struggled in defence ahead of their visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Steve Cooper’s side have conceded 79 shots and 27 shots on target, both league-leading totals.

Opponent to watch

Brennan Johnson (£5.9m) is the visitors’ danger man, scoring and earning nine points in their previous road trip.

The forward was Forest's leading scorer in their promotion campaign, grabbing 19 goals in all competitions as they won the Championship play-offs.

Elsewhere, Dean Henderson (£4.6m) is also currently the top-scoring goalkeeper in the game on 30 points after saving two penalties in the first four Gameweeks.

Differentials

Managers on the lookout for a differential should consider Eberechi Eze (£5.5m) and Jack Harrison (£6.1m), who are both owned by under 5% of squads.

Eze entertains Brentford on the back of assists against Liverpool and Man City in the last three Gameweeks.

Harrison hosts Everton having produced one goal, two assists and 20 points in his two matches at Elland Road this term.

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